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Jörgen Winkel

Professor emeritus

Jörgen Winkel
Professor emeritus
orcid.org/0000-0001-7993-396X
jorgen.winkel@gu.se
0706-575834

Room number: G111
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg


Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
www.socav.gu.se
socav@socav.gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Jörgen Winkel

Background
Jörgen Winkel was a professor of Applied Work Physiology/Production Ergonomics at the National Institute for Working Life in Sweden (University Faculty Affiliation: Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm) from 1989 until 2007. Thereafter affiliated to the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and more than 350 other publications within the field of Production Ergonomics including ergonomic intervention research, ergonomic epidemiology, quantification and prediction of mechanical exposure as well as physiological issues related to prolonged occupational work while sitting, standing and walking.

Has received several international awards, e.g.:

  • The Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Best Paper Award 1997” for the review Westgaard R H, Winkel J.: Ergonomic intervention research for improved musculoskeletal health: A critical review. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 20, 463-500, 1997.
  • The Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors Applied Ergonomics Best Paper Award 2011 for the review “Westgaard R H, Winkel J. Occupational musculoskeletal and mental health: significance of rationalization and opportunities to create sustainable production systems – a systematic review. Applied Ergonomics, 42, 261-296, 2011.


Research
Medical conditions diagnosed as musculoskeletal or mental disorders are still a major cause of sick leave. This threatens the welfare of individuals and the economics of companies and the society.

Unfortunately, the ergonomic intervention research seem to have limited health effects in a long range perspective. This lack of positive effects is now explained by adverse health effects caused by rationalization (Westgaard & Winkel 2011). It has therefore been suggested to change the focus of ergonomic intervention research towards organizational sustainability, i.e. the joint consideration of both competitive performance and working conditions in a long term perspective.

Another key problem is that the ergonomic intervention research is mostly retrospective, i.e. aimed at reducing the problems that already exist. The intervention research should rather be prospective, i.e. investigate how to integrate ergonomics into management systems.

On this background, organizational sustainability and prospective approaches have guided our intervention research during recent decades. Present research projects are shown under the heading “Working Life Research”. Examples of our research publications within these fields are given below.

Concepts and reviews
Winkel J, Westgaard R H. A model for solving work related musculoskeletal problems in a profitable way. Applied Ergonomics, 27, 71-77, 1996.

Westgaard R H, Winkel J. Occupational musculoskeletal and mental health: significance of rationalization and opportunities to create sustainable production systems – a systematic review. Applied Ergonomics, 42, 261-296, 2011

Winkel J, Schiller B, Dellve L, Edwards K, Neumann W P, Öhrling T, Westgaard R H. Scientific evidence suggests a changed approach in ergonomic intervention research. The Nordic Ergonomics and Human Factors Society (NES), Lund, 20-23 August 2017, Conference Proceedings,”Joy at Work”, Eds.: A-L Osvalder, M Blomé & H Bodnar, pp 430-36. ISBN 978-91-7753-152-4.

Wells R, Mathiassen S E, Medbo L, Winkel J. Time - a key issue for musculoskeletal health and manufacturing. Applied Ergonomics, vol 38, 733-744, 2007

Manufacturing industry
Neumann P W, Winkel J, Forsman M, Palmerud G. Innovation and employee injury risk in automotive disassembly operations. (International Journal of Production Research. (doi: 10.1080/00207543/2018.1432910). 2018

Neumann, W.P., Winkel, J., Medbo, L., Magneberg, R Mathiassen S.E. Production System Design Elements Influencing Productivity and Ergonomics - A Case Study of Parallel and Serial Flow Strategies. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 26(8): 904-923, 2006.

Kazmierczak K, Mathiassen S E, Forsman M, Winkel J. An integrated analysis of ergonomics and time consumption in Swedish ‘craft-type’ car disassembly. Applied Ergonomics. Vol. 36, 263-273, 2005

Kazmierczak K, Neumann W P, Winkel J. A case study of serial-flow car disassembly: ergonomics, productivity and potential system performance. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, vol 17 (4), 331-351, 2007

Kazmierczak K, Winkel J, Westgaard R H. Car disassembly and ergonomics in Sweden: Current situation and future perspectives in light of new environmental legislation. International Journal of Production Research, vol 42 no. 6, 1305-1324, 2004

Neumann W P, Ekman M, Winkel J. Integrating ergonomics into production system development - The Volvo Powertrain Case. Applied Ergonomics, 40(3): 527-537, 2009

Palmerud G, Forsman M, Neumann P W, Winkel J. Mechanical exposure implications of rationalization: a comparison of two flow strategies in a Swedish manufacturing plant. Applied Ergonomics, 43, 1110-1121, 2012

Brännmark M, Langstrand J, Johansson S, Halvarsson A, Abrahamsson L, Winkel J. Researching Lean: Methodological implications of loose definitions. Journal: Quality Innovation Prosperity, XVI/2, pp 35-48, 2012. ISSN: 1335-1745 (print); ISSN: 1338-984X (online)

Jarebrant C, Winkel J, Johansson Hanse J, Mathiassen S E, and Öjmertz B. ErgoVSM: A Tool for Integrating Value Stream Mapping and Ergonomics in Manufacturing. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries 26 (2) 191–204 (doi: 10.1002/hfm.20622), 2016

Forestry
Gellerstedt S, Almqvist R, Attebrant M, Myhrman D, Wikström B-O, Winkel J. Ergonomic guidelines for forest machines. Swedish National Institute for Working Life, the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. 85 pages, 1999

Østensvik T, Veiersted K B, Nilsen P, Cuchet E, Johansson Hanse J, Carlzon C and Winkel J. A search for risk factors of upper extremity disorders among forest machine operators in France and Norway. Int. J. Ind. Erg. 38, 1017-1027, 2008

Johansson Hanse J and Winkel J. Work organisation constructs and ergonomic outcomes among European forest machine operators. Ergonomics, vol 51 (7), 968–981, 2008

Østensvik T, Veiersted K B, Nilsen P, Cuchet E, Johansson Hanse J, Carlzon C and Winkel J. A search for risk factors of upper extremity disorders among forest machine operators in France and Norway. Int. J. Ind. Erg. 38, 1017-1027, 2008

Healthcare
Jarebrant C, Johansson Hanse, Ulin K, Winkel J, Edwards K, Birgisdóttir B Dröfn, Gunnarsdóttir S. Ergonomic Value Stream Mapping (ErgoVSM). Tool and User Guide. Nordic Council of Ministers, ANP 2016:731, 36 pp., ISBN 978-92-893-4572-9 (PRINT), ISBN 978-92-893-4573-6 (PDF), 2016.

Jonker D, Rolander B, Balogh I, Sandsjö L, Ekberg K, Winkel J. Mechanical exposure among general practice dentists in Sweden and possible implications of rationalization. Ergonomics, 54, 953-60, 2011

Jonker D, Rolander B, Balogh I, Sandsjö L, Ekberg K, Winkel J. Rationalisation in public dental care – impact on clinical work tasks and mechanical exposure for dentists – a prospective study. Ergonomics, 56(2), 303-313, 2013

Jonker D, Rolander B, Balogh I, Sandsjö L, Ekberg K, Winkel J. Mechanical exposure among general practice dentists in Sweden and possible implications of rationalization. Ergonomics, 54, 953-60, 2011

Rolander B, Jonker D, Winkel J, Sandsjö L, Balogh I, Svensson E, Ekberg K. Working conditions, health and productivity among dentists – a prospective study during a 5-year period of rationalization in public dental care. Ergonomics, Vol. 56(9), 1376–1386, 2013

Winkel J., Edwards K, Birgisdóttir Dröfn B, Gunnarsdóttir S. Facilitating and inhibiting factors in change processes based on the lean tool ‘value stream mapping’: an exploratory case study at hospital wards. International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics. Int. J. Human Factors and Ergonomics, Vol. 3, Nos. 3/4, 291-302, 2015

Key words
Production ergonomics, intervention research, change management, occupational health, risk factors, musculoskeletal, physical health, mental health, organizational sustainability

Teaching
Occasional lectures at Masters and PhD level

Latest publications

Review paper: Secular trends in human physical capacities of the working population and some ergonomic implications
Kurt Jørgensen, Jörgen Winkel
In: Proceedings of the 50th Nordic Ergonomics and Human Factors Society Conference - DTUOrbit (05/11/2019). Eds.: Broberg, Ole and Seim, Rikke. 274-281, 2019 , 2800 Lyngby, Denmark, 2019 DTU Management, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Lyngby, Denmark, Conference paper 2019
Conference paper

Effect Modifier Assessment in intervention research by the EMA method - a variant of Chronicle Workshop
Kasper Edwards, Jörgen Winkel
Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) 2018, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Value Stream Mapping in healthcare: ergonomic implications and the significance of adding an ergonomic module - The NOVO Multicentre Study I
Jörgen Winkel, Kasper Edwards, Caroline Jarebrant, Birna Dröfn Birgisdóttir, Jan Johansson Hanse et al.
The 12th NOVO symposium : Care integration, systems reform and sustainability in health care, Helsinki, 15-16 November , Helsinki, Finland, Juvenus Print - Finnish University Print Ltd, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Innovation and employee injury risk in automotive disassembly operations
W. Patrick Neumann, Jörgen Winkel, Gunnar Palmerud, Mikael Forsman
International Journal of Production Research, Journal article 2018
Journal article

The NOVO Network: the original scientific basis for its establishment and our R&D vision
Jörgen Winkel, K Edwards, Lotta Dellve, Bernt Schiller, R.H. Westgaard
Dellve L., Wikström E., Björk L., Wolmesjö M., Larsson Fällmanand S. (Eds.) Abstract book of the 11th NOVO symposium. Gothenburg: 9-10 November, Gothenburg, Gothenburg University, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

“The Nordic model”: historical origins and its significance for the work place dialogue towards increased organizational sustainability
Bernt Schiller, Jörgen Winkel, Kasper Edwards, Lotta Dellve, Rolf H Westgaard
Dellve L., Wikström E., Björk L., Wolmesjö M., Larsson Fällmanand S. (Eds.) Abstract book of the 11th NOVO symposium. Gothenburg: 9-10 November, Gothenburg, Gothenburg University, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Scientific evidence suggests a changed approach in ergonomic intervention research
Jörgen Winkel, Bernt Schiller, Lotta Dellve, Kasper Edwards, Patrick W Neumann et al.
Osvalder A.-L., Blomé M. & Bodnar H. (Eds.) NES 2017, Conference Proceedings, , Lund, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

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2019

Review paper: Secular trends in human physical capacities of the working population and some ergonomic implications
Kurt Jørgensen, Jörgen Winkel
In: Proceedings of the 50th Nordic Ergonomics and Human Factors Society Conference - DTUOrbit (05/11/2019). Eds.: Broberg, Ole and Seim, Rikke. 274-281, 2019 , 2800 Lyngby, Denmark, 2019 DTU Management, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Lyngby, Denmark, Conference paper 2019
Conference paper

2018

Effect Modifier Assessment in intervention research by the EMA method - a variant of Chronicle Workshop
Kasper Edwards, Jörgen Winkel
Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) 2018, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Value Stream Mapping in healthcare: ergonomic implications and the significance of adding an ergonomic module - The NOVO Multicentre Study I
Jörgen Winkel, Kasper Edwards, Caroline Jarebrant, Birna Dröfn Birgisdóttir, Jan Johansson Hanse et al.
The 12th NOVO symposium : Care integration, systems reform and sustainability in health care, Helsinki, 15-16 November , Helsinki, Finland, Juvenus Print - Finnish University Print Ltd, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Innovation and employee injury risk in automotive disassembly operations
W. Patrick Neumann, Jörgen Winkel, Gunnar Palmerud, Mikael Forsman
International Journal of Production Research, Journal article 2018
Journal article

2017

The NOVO Network: the original scientific basis for its establishment and our R&D vision
Jörgen Winkel, K Edwards, Lotta Dellve, Bernt Schiller, R.H. Westgaard
Dellve L., Wikström E., Björk L., Wolmesjö M., Larsson Fällmanand S. (Eds.) Abstract book of the 11th NOVO symposium. Gothenburg: 9-10 November, Gothenburg, Gothenburg University, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

“The Nordic model”: historical origins and its significance for the work place dialogue towards increased organizational sustainability
Bernt Schiller, Jörgen Winkel, Kasper Edwards, Lotta Dellve, Rolf H Westgaard
Dellve L., Wikström E., Björk L., Wolmesjö M., Larsson Fällmanand S. (Eds.) Abstract book of the 11th NOVO symposium. Gothenburg: 9-10 November, Gothenburg, Gothenburg University, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Scientific evidence suggests a changed approach in ergonomic intervention research
Jörgen Winkel, Bernt Schiller, Lotta Dellve, Kasper Edwards, Patrick W Neumann et al.
Osvalder A.-L., Blomé M. & Bodnar H. (Eds.) NES 2017, Conference Proceedings, , Lund, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

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